Hamburg, Germany Day 113

I woke up today to a beautiful sunshiny day! It made me so very happy, because frankly the last weeks weather has been crap, to say the least. I headed back to Hamburg Harbour to take a harbour tour by boat on the river Elbe. This harbour is a busy one. It’s the largest port in Germany and the 3rd largest one in all of Europe. Over 50, 000 people work here for over 200 companies so it is clearly a huge part of the city’s economy. The mouth of the North Sea is 100 km away so the dredgers are constantly at work maintaining the 13 metre depth for the freighters and ships to enter the port.
Hamburg harbor front. Hamburg, Germany.
Hamburg harbor front. Hamburg, Germany.
Freighter in Hamburg harbor front. Hamburg, Germany.
Crane in Hamburg harbor front. Hamburg, Germany.
Crane in Hamburg harbor front. Hamburg, Germany.
The day before I had seen a black, charred looking church tower that made up part of Hamburg’s city scape and asked my cousin Andrea what it was and if there had been a fire recently (because it was so black!) She said that it was a memorial to people who had died in the war, so I thought I’d go have a closer look today since it was on my way back to downtown. It’s called the Church of St. Nikolai Tower. Only the tower remains due to bombing raids in WWII and further demolition in the 1950’s. 
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower Hamburg, Germany.
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower Hamburg, Germany.
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower Hamburg, Germany.
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower Hamburg, Germany.
The Church of St. Nikolai Tower Hamburg, Germany.
I was starving by this point and remembered the food and wine garden by the Rathaus from the day before and decided it was the perfect place for food and people watching. I had some traditional German food and a nice, dry Riesling. The food was just OK, I’m not even sure what it was to be honest, but the wine? It was heavenly!
Glass of white wine and a plate of German food in Hamburg, Germany.

When Manfred drove me to the train station a month ago I saw a museum across the street called the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe that I made a mental note to visit when I came back. They had a couple of temporary shows on that were just fabulous. One was called Body and Soul, and the other was Graphic Design in the Art Nouveau, one of my favourite eras in art. I saw posters by some of my favourite artists, Alphonse Mucha in particular. The museum also has a permanent collection of ancient Asian art from Japan, China and Islam. It was a great way to spend an afternoon!
http://www.mkg-hamburg.de/mkg.php/en/

John Lennon Pop Art in Hamburg, Germany.
John Lennon.
Art at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Art at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Art at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Alphonse Mucha poster at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Art at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Art Nouveau furniture at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Silver hollow ware at the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
I did this in school and know how hard it is to get a vessel to look like this. Pure mastery!
Arne Jacobsen chairs in the Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Arne Jacobsen chairs. I have replica’s in white and I love them!
My cousin Andrea came to pick me up (again!) at 7:00 to go check out a cool neighborhood called Shanze. It reminds me a little of Main Street in Vancouver, sort of edgy, artsy and alternative with cool shops and restaurants. We had drinks and snacks at a Greek restaurant patio front so there was some good people watching going on. Strangely the dips we ordered (hummus, tarama and tzatziki) didn’t come with pita bread… it came with French bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love French bread, but it didn’t seem very authentic.  Frankly, I’m just happy to not be eating McDonalds or a frankfurter, my time in uber expensive Scandinavia dictated that fare!  It was really nice getting to know Andrea. My sister met her when she was here 15 years ago so it’s nice to put a face to the name. Thanks for the tour and the lovely dinner Andrea! Hopefully we’ll see you in Vancouver one day!
The Shanze neighbourhood in Hamburg, Germany.
The Shanze neighbourhood.

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2 Responses to Hamburg, Germany Day 113

  1. Michele July 29, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Hi Andrea! I just got all caught up on your blog posts—it seems amazing that you’ve been so many places since I saw you just a couple of weeks ago. Love your photos from Stockholm and Copenhagen and, especially, Øland, where I now really, really, really want to go. Ian’s favorite place in Copenhagen was Christiana; he has a “Christiana” t-shirt and every time he wears it, it seems we meet someone who also loves that part of the city. T-shirts and dogs are great ways to meet people, right? 🙂

  2. Andrea July 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I know! It seems like forever ago that I was in Norway! Good times! I was thinking about you and Ian when I was on Oland. For cycling you guys would definitely love it! Miss you guys! Wish you could come meet me in Turkey!

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